Jul
15
2015
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Crabapple Jelly

We have a row of miniature apples (about the size of cherries) that grow on our block, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with them for years. A week ago or so Zack turned me on to the “Saving the Season” canning book/memoir by Kevin West (here’s his blog), and I’ve got a pretty serious canning crush on this guy. So I followed his instructions to make crabapple jelly without store-bought pectin, instead making a pectin stock from the fruit, and it was pretty fun. I’ve had all kinds of jam trouble lately but this jelly set up really nicely (maybe too nicely, it’s pretty darn firm in the fridge.) I love adding herbs to jelly, and he recommended thyme, though in hindsight I wish I would have went with rosemary.

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Jul
03
2014
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Springtime pasta

Things are just getting off the ground in the vegetable department right now, but there are little handfuls of things to pull – peas, a small zucchini, some parsley or chives, a carrot. Today I got a zucchini before it got huge, and it had an amazing bloom that I thought would make a nice garnish for some leftover pasta. Vegetables quickly sautéed with butter, then a good squeeze of lemon and  toss it with the pasta.

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Jun
26
2014
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A harvest of 9 cherries

Our goofy cherry tree from Lowe’s that has 5 varieties grafted together on one tree produced its first crop this year. Nine cherries, and one more that looks like a bird found it. The good news is that there was a recipe for a Sour Cherry Old Fashioned that I clipped from the paper this weekend that only calls for 2 cherries. Perfect, it’ll be a good night.

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Jun
17
2014
0

Tangled up in orange

Awfully beautiful pair of carrots, just in time for our 15th anniversary this month.

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Alicia, you’re the only farmer’s wife and partner in crime for me.

 

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Jun
13
2014
0

Wildlife

I’ve been trying to get the kids into stop motion animation this summer. I think they’ll like this one. (see the animation after the jump) (more…)

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